Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of
Oct. 10) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Two rare birds from the western US were banded at the South Monomoy lighthouse bird banding station this week – a Townsend’s solitaire and a black-throated gray-warbler.

A red-headed woodpecker was seen at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, where other birds noted included 243 Forster’s terns, 30 brant, an American golden-plover, 3 whimbrel, 2 yellow-bellied sapsuckers, a Tennessee warbler, a rose-breasted grosbeak, a scarlet tanager, 10 purple finches, and 75 pine siskins.

A sedge wren was reported from Nauset Marsh in Eastham, along with a clapper rail, 2 soras, 2 seaside sparrows, 5 saltmarsh sparrows, 200 greater yellowlegs, 6 short-billed dowitchers, 14 Forster’s terns, and 3 peregrine falcons.


An impressive songbird migration spectacle witnessed in the dunes of Chapin Beach in Dennis included 6 red-bellied woodpeckers, 110 red-breasted nuthatches, 1500 American robins, 450 cedar waxwings, and 1,200 yellow-rumped warblers.

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A Pacific loon was seen at Race Point along with 45 common loons, 6 American wigeon, 3 Cory’s shearwaters, 3 Bonaparte’s gulls, 2 Caspian terns, 400 common terns, 5 Forster’s terns, and 5 parasitic jaegers. Just offshore from Race Point a long-tailed jaeger, a pomarine jaeger, a Manx shearwater, 34 Forster’s terns, and a peregrine falcon were noted.

Birds seen around Truro over the weekend included a hooded warbler and a white-eyed vireo, plus 2 pectoral sandpipers, 2 Wilson’s snipe, 3 soras, 3 Virginia rails, a common nighthawk, 3 Philadelphia vireos, 80 red-breasted nuthatches, 200 yellow-rumped warblers, a clay-colored sparrow, a scarlet tanager, a blue grosbeak, 5 purple finch, and 30 pine siskins.

Other birds around the Cape included 50 pine siskins in Sandwich, a blue-winged warbler and a chestnut-sided warbler along the Falmouth Bike Path, a Swainson’s thrush in East Falmouth, a grasshopper sparrow at Crane WMA in Falmouth, 3 Eurasian wigeon in Marstons Mills, 5 black skimmers at Sandy Neck in Barnstable, an American woodcock and a red crossbill in Eastham, a summer tanager, a dickcissel, and a blackburnian warbler in North Truro, a yellow-crowned night-heron at Brown Street Community gardens in Provincetown, and a rusty blackbird in the Beech Forest in Provincetown.

For more information about bird sightings or to report sightings, call the Massachusetts Audubon Society at 781-259-8805 or go to